Deadline to drop off brochures at Chamber Office Friday, November 1st (after 1pm until 4pm)
The Hancock Chamber of Commerce, through a grant from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, has established a “Visitor Lounge” at Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company. On a first come/first-served basis, members of the Hancock Chamber can provide information brochures to display in the complimentary literature racks. There is space for up to 24 businesses. Chamber members can take brochures directly to Lazy Magnolia to place on the racks or drop by the Chamber Office (100 South Beach Boulevard, Suite A – enter on Main Street) and drop off by Friday, November 1st between the hours of 1pm and 4pm. The Chamber will take the brochures to the brewery and display these for you on Friday to capture the First Friday crowd. An official ribbon cutting will be held at Lazy Magnolia on Friday, January 17th at 8:30am to signify the official opening of the Lounge. However, the lounge is now open as we continue the final phase of construction.
The Hancock Chamber visitor lounge at Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company will provide a “relaxation center” for visitors to recharge their batteries and their smart phones and develop interest in heritage resources throughout Hancock County and across the Coast to expand opportunities for our small businesses. Tish Williams, executive director of the Chamber said, “this unique concept is a way for us to go where the visitors are and provide them with information and opportunities to relay them to other visitor resources.” The Lounge, which features a welcoming seating area, is still under construction. The concept was designed by Allison Anderson of unabridged Architecture. She enlisted the support of other local businesses. Lazy Magnolia is providing the in-kind space for the lounge. Artist Steve Barney created a custom built coffee table out of reclaimed wood. Ed Madden has installed reclaimed wood as a backdrop for two brochure racks that will display information from 24 different businesses in Hancock County. He is also building a charging station out of reclaimed wood. Another part of the lounge features an interpretive display providing information on the history of Hancock County from the Moon to Moonshine. Reclaimed wood was donated by local residents Dave and Gina Gordon.